Biology with Woodrush Teaching School Alliance Accredited provider: The University of Warwick

Course offered
PGCE with QTS full time
Financial support
Bursary or student finance if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019
Website
http://www.woodrushtsa.co.uk

About the course

Biology is the study of life on Earth and it is a subject which students love as they can easily see the science they study in their everyday surroundings. Teaching Biology requires a great passion for the subject and an ability to make the more abstract concepts of biology appear real. Biology is a science which is advancing rapidly with advances in healthcare and genetics, for example, continually being made and so a Biology teacher needs to keep up to date, to bring recent developments into their teaching to help inspire the next generation of nurses, doctors, and biologists.The ability to differentiate to challenge the most able and to simplify concepts for others so that they can slowly build up an image of how organisms are structured and how their structure relates to the biological functions is key and teachers need to be able to apply maths and practical skills to bring the subject to life.

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Interview process

Application forms are considered by both the university and the individual schools involved with Woodrush Teaching School Alliance.

All successful applicants will have an interview and this will normally take place at Woodrush Teaching School Alliance. The University and Woodrush jointly design and manage the interview process with the school leading the process. Your interview will consist of a written task, a session with students and a formal interview.

Applicants that demonstrate professionalism, commitment, a realistic understanding of the pressures of the course and the profession, an awareness of the school in which they are intending to train, creativity, organisational skills and a clear recognition of the need to synthesise practical and academic learning through refection are most likely to succeed.

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How school placements work

Your placement school will primarily be selected on where there are vacancies for your subject. We aim to place you at a school with the minimal travelling distance. You will have two placements at contrasting schools. For primary you will teach ages 3 to 11 and for secondary ages 11 to 18. Woodrush TSA partner with over twenty schools in and across the Midlands and these can all be found at www.woodrushtsa.co.uk.

We have listed the locations that our partner schools will be running placements for the next year. You should indicate your preference of location on your application, this does not guarantee you will be placed at your preferred location. Throughout the year a schools staffing may change and therefore a school not listed may become available in your subject.

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Fees

The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You’ll get a bursary of £26,000 if you have a degree of 2:2 or above in any subject.

You don’t have to apply for a bursary - you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Requirements

Qualifications

In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have a UK undergraduate 2:2 degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. For secondary applicants this must be in, or closely related to, your proposed teaching subject.

A GCSE grade C/4 in English and Mathematics for those applying to teach secondary.

A GCSE grade C/4 in a Science as well as English and Mathematics if you are applying to teach primary.

It is a requirement that applicants have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

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Personal qualities

Successful School Direct students will be those that have a clear understanding of schools in England and of what good teaching involves

Recognise that the job of the teacher is first and foremost that of teaching and that the understanding of the pedagogy of teaching and learning is fundamentally essential

Have a solid knowledge of their subject(s) and are always committed to further developing this knowledge base

Are committed to the education of all children, whatever their need and background

Are able to reflect on their own experiences and apply learning to future actions

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Other requirements

If you studied outside the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

It is a requirement that applicants have passed, or have plans in place to pass, the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy.

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About the training provider

Woodrush Teaching School Alliance is an excellent place to start your teaching career. We aim to develop outstanding practitioners who are creative, highly effective and exceed the professional standards. Educational theory, innovative research and outstanding pedagogy are the foundations of our highly successful training programme. This was recognised by Ofsted in 2013 Leaders' procedures to ensure that the quality of teaching continues to improve and to support those teachers new to the profession are exemplary. Staff work as a close effective team, sharing good practice and providing support for each other .

Woodrush High School, the lead in our teaching school alliance, is a consistently OFSTED Outstanding 11-18 school on the border of Birmingham and Worcestershire. We place an emphasis on ensuring all of our students achieve the qualifications, and equally important the life skills, to be successful in the world we live in. We have hardworking and well qualified staff who are dedicated to delivering an ever-changing curriculum in a vibrant and exciting way. The curriculum we offer is broad, balanced and inspires students to learn.

Woodrush works with over twenty schools both primary and secondary in and across the Midlands. In order to provide you with a variety of experience you will be placed at two schools with the alliance. These will be chosen based on your location.

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About the accredited provider

Studying at Warwick means you’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced practitioners. Known nationally for their quality of training they are a top-ranked university in the Midlands, with Ofsted Outstanding ITT courses.

If you study with Warwick, you’ll become a confident teacher, able to make a difference to young people's development. You'll see learners engaging in active and independent learning, and they will grow into young adults under your care.

Warwick provide you with the skills needed to forge a strong personal and professional identity, which you will continue to develop throughout your career.

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Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations in relation to age (as appropriate), disability, race, gender reassignment (maternity and pregnancy), religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them all the

same. Our policies, procedures and activities must not discriminate but must nevertheless take account of differences of life-experience, outlook and background, and in the kinds of barrier and disadvantage which people may face,

Contact details

Email
teachingschool@woodrushhigh.worcs.sch.uk
Telephone
01564823777
Website
http://www.woodrushtsa.co.uk
Address
Shawhurst Lane
Wythall
Birmingham
West Midlands
B47 5JW

Apply

Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 21T
  • Training programme code: 35CV

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location and give the relevant training location code.

Code Name Address
F Moseley School Moseley School, Wake Green Road, Moseley B13 9UU
O Ark St Alban's Academy Conybere Street, Highgate, Birmingham B12 0YH
C Trinity High School Easemore Road, Redditch B98 8HB
- Main Site Shawhurst Lane, Wythall, Birmingham, West Midlands B47 5JW
Y Q3 Academy Langley Moat Rd, Oldbury B68 8ED
T Ellowes Hall Sports College Stickley Lane, Dudley DY3 2JH
B Pedmore Technology College and Community School Grange Lane, Stourbridge DY9 7HS
L Q3 Academy Great Barr Wilderness Lane, Birmingham B43 7SD
V Leasowes High School Kent Rd, Halesowen B62 8P
J Hanley Castle High School Church End, Hanley Castle, Worcester WR8 0BL
N Nunnery Wood High School Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2LT

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